QUOTE(Bent Wheel @ Jan 30 2011, 04:51 PM)
Good ride with Muscleburn this morning, took a slightly different route this week and did probably 70% fire roads / double track. Boring it was not and it was nice to stretch the legs for longer periods and crank out a few miles. Tend to find with single tracks I take more breathers where including more fire roads and such I go longer with less breaks.
Route is below for anyone interested.http://connect.garmin.com/activity/65847755
Explored "over the fence" today which was good, although mainly fire roads / double track there are some interesting bits in there and some interesting climbs, more exploring next time out me thinks, as you can see from the route we did double back a couple of times as we hit dead ends. Could see me putting together some 1-2 mile laps in there and doing some "Laps" with the GPS and the virtual racer. Can imagine it's a bit of a heat trap in there in the summer as well so may be good for some endurance work. Can see why "French Aristo" includes that area in his regular rides.
The riding today, fire roads and single track was pretty good going, the mud is drying up and the tracks are significantly faster than 2-3 weeks ago which is nice, thought my fitness was getting worse instead of better but putting that down to the conditions. Should have dumped the Panaracer XC Pro's for more of a summer tyre, if the rain holds off this week then I may well do that next weekend.
Which brings me on to next weekend and the planned 28 miles, I notice the ride in the "New Ride" section, but what is the likely start time / duration / pace? Never ridden more than 20 miles in a single session so may struggle for the last 8 miles or so, but would be good to try and push a longer distance, especially if the conditions are favourable.
Oh yeah, Muscleburn popped his front forks today and blew a seal, any excuse to buy some new forks
....that will teach him for taking out the spare bike instead main bike
Sandhurst is mostly fire trails and double track but as the climb are either fairly hard or slightly longer than the rest of Swinley Forest, it is a good place to get some miles under your belt and train for XC.
This said if you know where to look some of the places are technical enough for most to go down the hill either walking or with the full hand of back brake...
Here is my ride for today
. Call it short after 18:30 as I didn't have t a headlight (took my full face enduro helmet as the camera mount is on it and I got bored doing the single tracks DH at slower speed as I could see shit in the corner until the bike already turned in
QUOTE(Biggsy80 @ Jan 30 2011, 08:07 PM)
I can make Sunday, @Shmikuk / Bent Wheel... wherever you are, the cafe is never that far away in Swinley!
That all depend on where I take you. Might be surprised!!!
QUOTE(Bent Wheel @ Jan 30 2011, 08:44 PM)
If you have cramp in both quads it can be a very long way!! Do they have oxygen and a defibrillator? last time I looked they only had a couple of waterproof plasters
Should be able to make Sunday, just depends on the start time, would prefer early on Sunday morning at least I have the afternoon free, or a midday / 1pm start so I have the morning free.
Meet at 09:00, gone on the trails by 09:30 no matter what.
Rule is, if my dog can run it, we can bike it.
just make sure you have a nice breakfast and take some sweets and energy bars of some sort with you to replenish on the slowest part of the trail
Just joking, we will stop. You just have to get on top of the hill first and wait for the others to arrive
The route is passing by either the top or the bottom of Surrey Hill every 15km or so. Usually the best time to bell out and head home via "the motorway"